The Sixth Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS 2007)

           The Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University
                       Pittsburgh (PA), USA
                          June 7-8, 2007


                  C A L L   F O R   P A P E R S

                  Submissions due: March 1, 2007

How much should we spend on security? What incentives really drive
privacy  decisions?  What  are  the  trade-offs  that individuals,
firms,  and  governments face when allocating resources to protect
data  assets?  Are  there  good ways to distribute risks and align
goals when securing information systems?

The  2007 Workshop on the Economics of Information Security builds
on the success of the previous five Workshops and invites original
research  papers on topics related to the economics of information
security  and  the  economics  of  privacy.  Security  and privacy
threats rarely have purely technical causes. Economic, behavioral,
and  legal  factors  often contribute as much as technology to the
dependability   of  information  and  information  systems.  Until
recently,  research  in  security and dependability focused almost
exclusively  on  technical  factors,  rather  than incentives. The
application  of economic analysis to these problems has now become
an exciting and fruitful area of research.

We  encourage  economists,  computer  scientists,  business school
researchers,  law  scholars,  security and privacy specialists, as
well  as  industry experts to submit their research and attend the
Workshop.  Suggested  topics  include  (but  are  not  limited to)
empirical and theoretical economic studies of:

- Optimal security investment
- Software and system dependability
- Privacy, confidentiality, and anonymity
- Vulnerabilities, patching, and disclosure
- DRM and trusted computing
- Trust and reputation systems
- Security models and metrics
- Behavioral security and privacy
- Information systems liability and insurance
- Information threat modeling and risk management
- Phishing and spam

**Important dates**

- Submissions due: March 1, 2007
- Notification of acceptance: April 10, 2007
- Workshop: June 7-8, 2007

Papers  should  be  sent  by 11:59 EST on Thursday, March 1, 2007,
preferably in PDF format, to weis-07@andrew.cmu.edu.

There  will  be  no printed proceedings for this Workshop. As with
the  preceding  Workshops,  authors  of  accepted  papers  will be
encouraged  to post their papers and presentations on the Workshop
site.  For  more information please email: weis-07@andrew.cmu.edu
or visit http://weis2007.econinfosec.org/.

**Past Workshops**

2002: Berkeley
2003: Maryland (http://www.cpppe.umd.edu/rhsmith3/)
2004: Minnesota (http://www.dtc.umn.edu/weis2004/)
2005: Harvard (http://infosecon.net/workshop/index.php)
2006: Cambridge (http://weis2006.econinfosec.org/)

**Program committee**

Alessandro Acquisti (Carnegie Mellon University)
Rahul Telang (Carnegie Mellon University)

Ross Anderson (Cambridge University)
Jean Camp (University of Indiana)
Huseyin Cavusoglu (Tulane University)
Neil Gandal (Tel Aviv University)
Anindya Ghose (New York University)
Larry Gordon (University of Maryland)
Jens Grossklags (UC Berkeley)
Eric Johnson (Dartmouth College)
Marty Loeb (University of Maryland)
Tyler Moore (Cambridge University)
Andrew Odlyzko (University of Minnesota)
Ivan Png (National University of Singapore)
Stuart Schechter (MIT Lincoln Laboratory)
Bruce Schneier (BT Counterpane)
Peter Swire (Ohio State University)
Curtis Taylor (Duke University)
Hal Varian (UC Berkeley)


The Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University


The Heinz School, Carnegie Mellon University